Gardeners’ Annual Plant Sale brings shoppers to the Logan County
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[May 17, 2019]
- The Logan County Fairground was a busy place on Saturday morning.
In addition to the opening of the ALMH Market, the Logan County
Master Gardeners held its annual plant sale fundraiser just a few
doors down in the Special Events buildings.
The plant sale is a major fundraiser and features
plants grown by members of the Master Gardener Club.
With healthy plants going for as little as 50-cents each and no more
than $7, the plant sale is always a very popular event in Logan
Folks gather outside the building waiting for the 8
a.m. opening and within minutes large boxes of plants of all kinds
are exiting the building in the arms of happy new owners.
In addition, there are always a large number of the
Master Gardeners on hand to offer tips and advice on particular
plants and the University of Illinois Extension sets up a table with
reference materials and other information about growing gardens in
the community that are not only lovely but beneficial to humans,
wildlife, insects and the environment.
In the recent past and presently, the push is on
from many groups to increase the number of pollinator gardens within
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The Monarch Butterfly is endangered, and growing
plants that will help nourish those lovely insects has become a
local initiative. The Master Gardeners recognize this and had this
year a number of plants specifically for attracting butterflies and
Bees are another important pollinator insect that is
vital for the healthy production of many fruits, vegetables and food
producing plants. Increasing their feeding and habitat areas
throughout the community is important to keeping a healthy
Also offered at the plant sale was a table with
plants that are considered “native” to our area.
And, as always there was a nice mix of herb and vegetable plants for
those who wish to grow edibles.
The Master Gardeners host two large fundraisers each year, the
Russel Allen Garden Day held early in the year and the plant sale.
The money earned from the fundraisers goes toward local club
activities and education.